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How to Dye Red Eggs: A Greek Traditional Easter Recipe

One of the nicest and oldest Greek Easter traditions is the one of the red eggs’ painting. But before showing you how to dye red eggs, let’s see this tradition symbolizes. The red eggs represent the blood of Christ, shed on the Cross. The eggs’ hard shell symbolizes the sealed Tomb of Christ and the cracking of the egg implies his resurrection from the dead! Greek Orthodox dye their red eggs either on Holy Thursday or Holy Saturday’s morning. After they return from church on Easter, they pick a red egg and try to crack the red eggs their family and friends have picked. Greeks believe that if their egg doesn’t crack, they will be lucky and healthy until next Easter. They also like give red eggs to their friends and neighbors as an Easter treat. These instructions apply to any color you wish to dye your Easter eggs and not just red ones.

Easter Red Eggs: How to Dye Easter Eggs

How to Dye Red Eggs – Ingredients

  • Eggs (around 30)
  • 1 teacup of vinegar
  • Some olive oil
  • Eggs red coloring (or any other color you like)

How to Dye Red Eggs – Instructions

  1. Eggs coloring packages usually have all the necessary instructions, but it is good to watch some things so your Easter eggs have nice color and are evenly dyed.
  2. Keep the eggs at room temperature.
  3. Wash well eggs and dry them thoroughly.
  4. Then, put a large pot with enough water to boil. Before the water is boiled enough, take some of that water, place it in another saucepan and dissolve well the paint. Stir it so the water becomes evenly colored.
  5. Pour the vinegar, stir well with a slotted spoon, add the eggs, placing them at the bottom of the pot carefully. Put as many eggs can fit at the base of the pot.
  6. Let the water boil enough, then lower the heat and let the eggs simmer for around 10-15 minutes. Take them out carefully and place on a platter to drain.
  7. Pour 2-3 tablespoons vinegar and repeat the process until you color all of your eggs.
  8. Put some olive oil on a cotton ball and rub the eggs.
  9. Wipe them with a clean cotton cloth and place them on your platter.

Don’t forget to treat your friends with some red eggs this Easter. Check out my blog for more tips on how to dye Easter eggs and traditional Greek Easter recipes. Christos Anesti (Christ has Risen)!

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